The ever narrowing tunnel that is the Tour finds us in our second rest day in Lourdes surrounded by a surreal mix of history and religious commercialism. The cure, if it's here, has a price tag. The brief pause is almost over. Laundry done, group fed, emails sent, bikes cleaned, images backed up, uploaded and finally push the button on this post. Paris is just over some very big hills. I have no doubts the team and our Dutch friends will make the Champs Elysees on Saturday.
Stage 15 wound through rolling fields of sunflowers, corn and wheat.
Kristen and Kym carve their way through the sunflowers early on Stage 15
Heidi eating a sandwich scans the bin of food for the next victim
No place for false modesty... the women have to pull off kit in all kinds of semi-public places for their nature breaks
A downhill section gives the team a chance to get into the drops
Nice smile from Kristen close to the end of the stage
The red accents of SRAM and GIRO
Heidi enjoying another moment of sandwich bliss
The photo car looks so official it stops pedestrians in their tracks
A town fountain provides a stream of water to cool off Kristen
Kate and Heidi circle their 1027th roundabout
Kristen stretching out in the parking lot in Pau
Table and Chairs
Rounding the Corner